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Waist Width: 77
The Viva X7 is designed as a burly carving ski with a relatively short 13 m radius intended for quick and snappy turns. Its 121 mm tip is built just big enough to chop through fresh snow and corn, but its 77 mm waist is nearly equivalent to a race ski, making it an ideal tool for groomers. For something a little bit stiffer but very similar, check out the Viva X7's big sister, the Viva X8. And for something nearly identical but a tad stiffer, check out the Viva X7's big sister, the Viva X7 Ti. The Viva X7 is part of Blizzard's All Mountain Women series, which specializes in skis that are designed to rip groomers like a race ski, but also hold up well on varied terrain thanks to slightly wider dimensions. Rocker Camber Rocker technology features a cambered middle section that is constructed to allow for smooth turns on groomers and varied hardpack, and a rockered tip and tail for floating on powder and getting over not-so-smooth conditions with ease. This is used in many of Blizzard's freeride skis, intended to taking on all types of terrain. 3 Matrix technology aligns the camber profile, sidecut, and construction of the ski so they lie perfectly aligned on top of each other, designed for extra stability at high speeds. Sandwich Compound Sidewalls featuring durable ABS and phenol plastics designed to keep edges safe and locked down on the snow. Lastly, Dura-Tec integrates aluminum tip protectors, thicker top sheets, tail protectors, and more, designed to keep the ski as durable as possible over time. If you rip turns down groomers most of the time, but also like to tear through power and other varied conditions every once in a while, this is one of the best series Blizzard has to offer you. Blizzard, based in Mittersill, Austria, was founded in 1953. Its U.S. headquarters are in West Lebanon, N.H.